Rydberg Equation


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Malia Shitabata 1F
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Rydberg Equation

Postby Malia Shitabata 1F » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:33 pm

Do we have to understand the Balmer/Lyman series in relation to n and the Rydberg equation or should we just know which portion of the electromagnetic spectrum it corresponds to?

Baoying Li 1B
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Re: Rydberg Equation

Postby Baoying Li 1B » Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:42 pm

I think we need to know that the energy level starts from n=1 for Lyman series(UV region) and it starts from n=2 for Balmer series(visible region, 700nm-400nm).

Ashley Nguyen 2L
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Re: Rydberg Equation

Postby Ashley Nguyen 2L » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:32 pm

I think we should just know the portion of the EM spectrum it corresponds to. I don't think there will be any in-depth questions on it

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Re: Rydberg Equation

Postby Doreen Liu 4D » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:48 am

I think we just have to know that the Lyman series corresponds to UV while the Balmer series corresponds to the visible light.

Malia Shitabata 1F
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Re: Rydberg Equation

Postby Malia Shitabata 1F » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:19 pm

Baoying Li 4H wrote:I think we need to know that the energy level starts from n=1 for Lyman series(UV region) and it starts from n=2 for Balmer series(visible region, 700nm-400nm).


If a higher frequency is associated with greater energy then why is Balmer n=2 even though visible light has a lower frequency than ultraviolet light (n=1)?

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Re: Rydberg Equation

Postby VPatankar_2L » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:18 am

The energy gaps between the energy levels of the Balmer series are much smaller than the gaps for the Lyman series, so that's why the frequency produced is also smaller.


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